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POLITICO AI & Tech Summit 2022

Event location
ACE Events, Avenue d’Auderghem 22, 1040 Brussels, Belgium

Following the 2021 legislative package to regulate Europe’s most innovative artificial intelligence technologies, the POLITICO flagship AI and Tech Summit looks at where global policymakers, tech leaders and civil society representatives stand one year on. 

Taking place in Brussels and online on 21 April 2022, 8:55 – 17:55 CET, the event comes as the debates around key legislative files such as the Data Act and the Digital Services Act (DSA), data protection, as well as international cooperation in AI development and how to harness the potential of AI, continue. These themes will be discussed among key actors in AI and tech development around the world during the Summit. 

8:55 – 9:00
Opening Remarks by POLITICO
Moderator: Nick Vinocur, POLITICO

9:00 – 9:30 
Opening Interview
Moderator: Mark Scott, POLITICO
Margrethe Vestager, European Commission

9:35 – 10:20 
Panel discussion – The AI package, one year on: from theory to practice
Brando Benifei, European Parliament
Axel Voss, European Parliament
Claire Fernandez, European Digital Rights
Marian Croak, Google

10 :25 – 10 :40
Data Driven Interview 
Moderator: Vincent Manancourt, POLITICO

10:40 – 11:25
Panel Discussion – Data and AI, towards a harmonious relationship?
Moderator: Vincent Manancourt, POLITICO
Fanny Hidvegi, Access Now
Miapetra Kumpula-Natri, European Parliament

11:25 – 11:45
Networking break (on-site only)

11:40 – 12:15
Spotlight discussion – The algorithms behind AI – Bring in the experts
Moderator: Melissa Heikkilä, POLITICO
Keith Sonderling, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, United States
Nigel Shadbolt, The Open Data Institute, Oxford University
Sam Cannicott, Centre for Data, Ethics & Innovation, United Kingdom

12:20 – 12:55
Spotlight discussion – Cementing Europe’s role in AI diplomacy: a conversation on international standards
Moderator: Mark Scott, POLITICO
Elham Tabassi, Information Technology Laboratory, National Institute of Standards and Technology, United States
Yoichi Iida, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Japan
Dragoş Tudorache, European Parliament 

12:50 – 13:50 (12:40 start)
Roundtable discussion – Healthcare
Saila Rinne, European Commission, DG Connect
Rachel Dunscombe, Imperial College London

12:50 – 13:50 (12:40 start)
Roundtable discussion – Cybersecurity
Moderator: Laurens Cerulus, POLITICO
David Van Weel, NATO
12:50 – 13:50 (12:40 start)
Roundtable discussion - Gaming
Moderator: Pieter Haeck, POLITICO

12:50 – 14:00 
Lunch (on site)

14:00 – 14:45 
Panel discussion – Charting a course on the Digital Compass – or how to achieve Europe’s digital transition
Moderator: Laurens Cerulus, POLITICO
Martina Dlabajová, European Parliament

14:50 – 15:25
Spotlight discussion – Tech and climate: the state of play on twin transition
Ilias Iaskovidis, European Commission, DG Connect

15:25 – 15:45
Networking break (on site only)

15:45 – 16:20 
DMA: Between innovation and mergers, where does Europe’s tech industry stand?
Moderator: Pieter Haeck, POLITICO
Andreas Schwab, European Parliament
Mathieu Weill, Directorate-General for Enterprise, Ministry of the Economy, Finance and Recovery, France

16:25 – 16:40
Interview – The UK’s Third Way
Chris Philp, United Kingdom

16:45 – 17:20
Spotlight discussion – Straightening the facts – a check-in on the DSA
Moderator: Clothilde Goujard, POLITICO
Christel Schaldemose, European Parliament
Gerard de Graaf, European Commission, DG Connect
Alexandre Alaphilippe, EU DisinfoLab

17:25 – 17:55
Closing Interview – Digital Bridge
Moderator: Mark Scott, POLITICO
Werner Stengg, European Commission
Peter Harrell, White House National Security Council

Event Details

Target audience
Digital skills for the labour force.
Digital skills for ICT professionals and other digital experts.
Digital skills for all
Digital technology / specialisation
Geographic scope - Country
Industry - field of education and training
Generic programmes and qualifications not further defined
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